House Dems Delay Leadership Vote: Is Pelosi On Her Way Out?

Please, make it so.

Democrats are still reeling from an epic defeat on election day, and as a result, House Democrats have delayed leadership votes that were scheduled for Thursday.

With a new incoming roster that includes a DNC chair and Senate leader Chuck Schumer, the question remains whether or not House Leader Nancy Pelosi will keep her job. Democrats sent a letter asking her to postpone the election so they could reflect on the devastating results of the election:

It is vital that our Caucus take the time to listen to the American people and learn the lessons of this difficult election in order to put our Caucus in the best position to fight the potentially dangerous agenda of President-elect Donald Trump and to have a realistic chance of taking back the House in 2018. Only by taking the time to find the hard truths can we formulate a comprehensive path forward, which could include the composition of our caucus leadership and the roles and responsibilities of each leadership position.

Pelosi agreed, and the elections were moved to November 30. 

"We've been through hell," Pelosi said to her colleagues during a closed-door meeting. "And it’s only going to get worse as he [Trump] makes his appointments and we have this fight. But we have to see it as an opportunity."

"I do care that we have the strongest possible leadership at the table, whoever that may be,” she added.

Pelosi has been House leader for 14 years, and many in her own party think it’s time the 79-year-old step aside for some new blood.

One of them is Rep. Seth Moulton who said, “As we begin the 115th Congress, House Democrats must take the time to reflect on the message the American people sent us last Tuesday. Delaying the vote on leadership positions is the necessary first step to have that conversation. The American people cried out last week, and we've got to listen."

Pelosi could be challenged by Rep. Tim Ryan who is only 43 and has served in the House since 2003. His spokesman, Michael Zetts, told Metro, “He is concerned that if changes aren’t made, we will be in the political wilderness for many years to come.”

An anonymous Democratic lawmaker added, “I think a lot of us feel the landscape has changed. We need people who can learn new tricks and not do things the way they have been done that last 20 or 30 years."

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